Tips for an Energy Efficient Home

Winter is here and the temperatures are definitely getting lower and lower.  As much as you enjoy the winter, you start to get sad when you notice that your utility bills get higher and higher.  You want to keep your house warm and cozy during the winter months, but not when it comes at the expense of your wallet.  Following the tips below will guarantee that your home gets all the heat it needs and your wallet keeps hold of that money.

Adding insulation

The most important thing to consider is adding extra insulation to your home.  When winter comes we throw on extra clothes, and it is no different for your house.  Start with your attic and if you see ceiling joists as you look up, then it is a good idea to get insulation put in.  The best type to use is fiberglass blowing insulation because it is able to reach all those tough spots that love to let warm air out and cold air in.  It is also a good idea to add insulation to any exposed pipes especially those on the outer walls, crawl spaces, and the garage.

Top tips and tricks

  • Check the outer roofing or loose shingles and replace any that are worn out.
  • Remove any debris like leaves or branches from the roof and gutters.  These can cause ice dams once the snow has fallen.
  • Turn off all water supplies to the hoses and faucets outside.
  • Put humidifiers throughout your house because they add moisture to the air.  The damp air feels warmer and helps to protect you from catching a cold.
  • Get your furnace looked at by a professional to ensure it is working properly.  You also want to make sure you change your furnace filters every 1 to 3 months.
  • Reverse the actions of your ceiling fans because hot air rises and this allows you to bring that trapped hot air down to you.
  • Remember to keep drapes and curtains closed as much as possible because this helps to keep the warm air in and the cold air out.

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Article courtesy of Roofers East London

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